Painted floors are a popular and complementary feature of many cottages. Painted floors are budget-friendly, durable and customizable, and they do not trap allergens like carpet. Before painting your cottage floors, you will need to prepare properly them. Sand down, clean and prime the entire painting area. After painting the desired design, seal your floors with high-traffic polyurethane. You may also wish to apply a layer of floor wax to protect further the surface. Whether your cottage is shabby chic, ultra-modern or natural and rustic, there is a floor color and design for you.
Solid Floor Colors
Solid colored floors are the least complicated choice for cottage floors. When choosing a color, purchase all the paint at the same time---this ensures the paints match each other. High gloss finishes provide a polished look for solid floors. Distressed white floors with a matte sealant look nice with traditional shabby chic cottage décor.
Faux Wood Floor Colors
Colors commonly used to recreate the shades and tones found in wood include brown, gray, green, yellow and red. Muted white and black are used for adding shadow and light. Use toothpicks to fake wood grain effects.
Faux Stone Colors
The colors often used to create faux stone like marble, sandstone, slate and granite include pink, white, black, orange, purple, red, yellow, brown, silver and blue. Often, natural granite contains flecks of mica, giving it a sparkly appearance. Purchase mica powder at local craft stores to recreate this look. For a natural appearance, a toothbrush is used to flick rock colored paint across the surface.
Faux Leather Floor Colors
To create leather-like floors, use a dark base paint such as black or brown. Depending on the color you want, follow with lighter shades of browns, reds and tans to add depth. For patent leather seal with high gloss polyurethane, use a matte or satin finish for suede.
Bold Fantasy Inspired Colors
For bold fantasy inspired floors, try using deep shades and colors. Royal blues, reds, purples, greens and gold work well here. Add a generous amount of colored mica powder for sparkle. Design ideas for these colors include night sky scenes, comets, fairies and angels. This floor works well in darker shabby chic cottages.
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